Paintball Depot - great field
Ruckus Paintball - fun but smaller
Fireball Mountain (Old Bridge) - terrible in every way
ABC Paintball - OK, not great
Fireball Mountain (New Hanover) - smaller but of comparable quality
On Target Paintball - just a tad smaller, but a bit better overall
NJ Paintball Club - just a bit bigger, but proves size isn't everything
I've played here a few times now. The whole field operation was in general very well organized, very few safety issues, no long waits between games. The price was a little steep, and it's field paint only, but you get what you pay for.
Safety was pretty good. A few people were getting careless with plugs in the dead zones, the refs missed a few of them, but they were on top of masks when on the fields. Part of the main dead zone has no nets, its basically safety by distancy, and there's about 80-90 yards to the fields in that direction. I'd prefer nets. One last thing, with the 3-man airball field right next to the main dead zone, the netting was low enough so that paintballs occassionally flew over. This should probably be fixed.
The fields are well made and well maintained, and they pretty much run the gamut from speedball, to very open woods fields, to fairly dense woods fields. And there are a LOT of fields. I played on five over the course of the day, all in the woods, but there were three or four speedball courses, and at least 4 or 5 more in the woods. One thing worth noting is that the dead zones were well placed between fields to keep walking to and from fields to a minimum, and they had water, which was great.
The only problem I had was the the ref's seemed to favor the regulars, which led to a few games being one-sided. They did change teams after 2 or 3 games like this, but they shouldn't have let it happen to begin with.Saw the same problem in subsequent visits, stacking the teams in favor of regulars. Inexcusable, and embarrassingly blatant. And poor for the sport; if new players get hosed game after game, they're not gonna want to play again. Back down a point for that.
Based on my subsequent visits, the rating gets bumped up a point. Last sunday (9/10/06) was pretty much perfect, a private all-pump group. The owner even jumped in for a few games.
Fun field, but it could be so much better if the problems were addressed, especially the issue with the fairness of the teams in walk-on games. 7/10.
Last edited on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 at 4:36 pm PST